Traditional animation and Computer generated animation they both have their own charm. Though the technicalities are a bit different; their core fundamental principles remains the same.
The principles of animation were introduced by the Disney animators to understand movement and create believable animations. Analyzing real action derived these principles, as imitating real life action became important for the development of animation. There are no strict rules, but the tools; which aid in better understanding of the ‘animation’. It helps in giving a very simple motion – ‘a life’ and enhances its feel.
The following are the 12 main Principles of Animation:
1. Squash and stretch
4. Straight ahead action and pose to pose
5. Follow through and overlapping action
6. Ease in and Ease out
8. Secondary action
11. Solid drawing